Remote-How Weekly Digest #85

Remote-How Weekly Digest #85

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written on April 2020 by Iwo Szapar

Hi there!

While you might not have all the leadership answers right now, it’s important not to focus on yourself but instead on serving your team. 

And it doesn’t really matter if you have manager, head, leader, or president in your job title. That rule applies to any human being working with other human beings (ok, you are excused if you are working exclusively with robots!). The point is, we all need to listen to each other more than ever and take ownership of improving our workspaces. 

Fall back on your team discovery journey and map out all the new requirements that your team has found in recent days or weeks. Re-invent your culture, communication, meetings, and processes, even if you have been working remotely for some time now. Remember that no matter how long you’ve been working remotely, your work environment (or your clients) is being changed due to the COVID outbreak too. 

Create space for conversations, as people want to talk and be heard. Exercise those soft skills in team meetings and one-on-one sessions. Don’t overthink and start simple. Oh, and if you need a little extra help with all this, save yourself a seat at the Certified in Distributed Management class.



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PS. If you happen to have “manager” in your work title we would love to ask you a few questions about your work experience. Would you mind taking some time to fill in this survey? Thanks a bunch! 

Enjoy your weekly dose of fresh remote articles!


Why Sensitive People Make Excellent Remote Employees

Why do sensitive people flourish when working remotely? Remote work, a home office in particular, allows them to control their work environment and set up a system that works for them. Their creativity can bloom more freely at home, and there’s no pressure to be chummy with coworkers. Do you agree that sensitive people are perhaps more suited to remote work? 


Telecommuting during coronavirus? Remote AID is for you.

Join this 1-day, free, online emergency work-from-home preparation event to learn more about successful remote work implementation. You’ll hear from amazing guests including David Heinemeier Hansson (co-founder & CTO of Basecamp), Lori McLeese (Global Head of HR at Automattic), Darren Murph (Head of Remote at GitLab), and our very own Iwo Szapar (CEO, Co-founder at Remote-how).

REMOTE VC & Founders

The VC & Founder Sentiment Survey

The VC & Founder Sentiment Survey is an ongoing initiative to track how early-stage investors and founders are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to provide a reference point for the community in the midst of one of the most unpredictable climates we’ve seen. Hopefully, this information will help founders navigate more confidently during these uncertain times. 

REMOTE meetings

7 Strategies for Running Effective Remote Meetings

Meetings get a bad rap — for good reasons. They never start on time. Someone always dominates the conversation. Discussions inevitably go off-track. Let’s all agree on this: Remote work requires better meeting hygiene. These tips from Zapier will help you review what you’re doing right and what still needs to be improved. 

REMOTE engineering team

Leading a (Newly) Remote Engineering Team: Important Tips for Overcoming Virtual Team Challenges

Learn from Chiara, leader of the engineering team “Audiences and Recordings Squad” at Hotjar, how she handles her daily duties as a manager. She has put together a list of challenges that distributed team leads may encounter while everyone adjusts to working from home and some tips on how to work through them. A useful read for both newly remote managers and seasoned leaders!

REMOTE workshop

How to Facilitate a Successful Remote Workshop

This article outlines how to facilitate design thinking-based workshops or sprints remotely. After going through the 11 steps described and tested by Greg Storey, you will be able to lead your team throughout the whole process without any issues by recreating a bit of the “magic” factor typical for in-person meetings.

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